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Interroll gets USDA nod for drum motor

The company’s product is compact, easy to handle and can be cleaned and disinfected regularly, enabling food manufacturers to comply with strict hygiene guidelines

01 September 2014

Interroll has announced that its Asynchronous Drum Motor (models 113i, 138i, 165i and 217i) has gained approval from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for compliance with the guidelines for sanitary design and fabrication of dairy processing equipment. The certification is based on equipment review and an examination of engineering drawings, with the participation of design engineers.

The adoption of certain hygienic standards at dairy plants helps the operators to manufacture safer dairy products. Only dairy products manufactured, processed and packaged in a USDA-approved plant maybe graded or inspected and identified with official USDA identification. Interroll has created the most hygienic conveyor drive available on the market to ensure that food manufacturers are in compliance with strict food safety and material handling regulations. Typically, conventional gear motors are bulky, difficult to install and, most importantly, non-hygienic and unable to be cleaned. In contrast, the Interroll drum motor is compact, easy to install and can be cleaned and disinfected regularly using high- pressure water, steam and chemicals. This helps food manufacturers achieve the highest possible hygiene standards and provides for the lowest possible levels of salmonella, listeria, E.coli and other harmful microorganisms in the production environment.

Interroll’s USDA-approved drum motor is the most hygienic belt drive on the market

Interroll’s USDA-approved drum motor is the most hygienic belt drive on the market

“Hygiene is extremely important to us and that’s why we rely on the Interroll drum motor,” said Jeff Evers of Butterball LLC. Butterball uses Interroll drum motors in food production and is one of the largest global turkey providers in the world, exporting over 100 million pounds of products annually to more than 50 countries.

“We understand how critical food safety is in processing environments,” said Tim McGill, president of Interroll North and South America. “For this reason, we continue to evolve our products to be the best on the market so that our customers can focus on their business without worrying about the dangers of operating in a potentially unclean environment. Extensive research and development have been put into the Interroll Drum Motor and our participation in the voluntary certification process speaks to the confidence we have in it.”

Key features include:

• USDA Equipment Acceptance Certificate issued on March 11, 2014 and  approved for models 113i, 138i, 165i, 216i and 217i configured to drive all modular belting applications

• Complies with Part 21 C FR for US Dairy Equipment Guidelines IP66

• Protected from dust and against the effects of immersion in water to depth between 15cm and 1 m

• FDA-rated vulcanised lagging

• Leak escape feature in shaft

• Surface finish less than 30 micro inches on shell and shafts

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